Banyan Community

Focus Area: Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in the Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis. Banyan works to strengthen Phillips by offering programs focused on developing youth, strengthening families, and creating community. It operates a successful out-of-school-time program that serves 150 children in grades k-college.

Grant supports opening a new high-quality preschool in fall 2018 that will be run by St. David’s Center. Banyan staff will educate current families about the importance of an early start with preschool education, and will help families apply for subsidies, either early learning scholarships or CCAP. Staff will also do home visits to help families connect with other services and eventually help families with preschool to elementary school transitions.